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14 MVP Recipes for Your Super Bowl Bash

02/06/2016 08:08 am ET | Updated Feb 06, 2016

Some go to Super Bowl parties for the game, others for the commercials -- but everyone looks forward to the food. From Tailgate Sliders and "Crack" Nuts to White Chicken Chili and Guacamole, these crowd-pleasing recipes will make you the MVP of the party.

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These Southern-style ham and cheese sliders are doused in a tangy butter, mustard and poppy seed sauce. They're perfect for football parties because they feed a crowd and can be made ahead -- but mostly because boys love them. GET THE RECIPE

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Classic Buffalo wings are fried but I love the flavor and ease of cooking them on the grill -- they're truly no fuss, no muss and finger lickin' good! The seasoned Buffalo sauce takes them over the top; it's made with garlic and spices, which makes it more flavorful than your typical hot sauce. GET THE RECIPE

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Made with store-bought rotisserie chicken, this is an easy and delicious chili that you can prepare for your crowd in under an hour. GET THE RECIPE

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While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this updated version is made with roasted garlic, which has just as much flavor and none of unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser! GET THE RECIPE

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Thanks to store bought puff pastry, this fancy-looking appetizer is easy to make -- and it comes with a "most popular person at the party" guarantee. GET THE RECIPE

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My husband calls these sweet, spicy and salty candied pecans "crack nuts" because they're madly addictive. The best part? You only need four simple ingredients to make them -- and if you start right now, you'll be done in 15 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

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If you're ever in need of a festive and elegant dish to make for a party, this dip will save the day. Even my husband, a true blue New Yorker and self-professed expert on all things smoked fish related, gives it a big thumbs up. GET THE RECIPE

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Leave the old fashioned sour cream and mayonnaise behind: this Artichoke and Spinach dip is thickened with Mornay sauce, which is a Béchamel sauce enriched with grated cheese. It bakes up creamy, cheesy and rich -- and is delicious spooned onto a baguette. GET THE RECIPE

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With fork-tender chunks of beef enveloped in a deep, spicy and smoky sauce, Texas beef chili is essentially a chili-flavored beef stew. It's a world apart from the typical ground beef chili made with beans and tomatoes. GET THE RECIPE

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Skip the Velveeta: from-scratch queso is so much better! This version -- made with fresh jalapeños, Cheddar and Pepper Jack -- is dangerously addictive served warm with tortilla chips. GET THE RECIPE

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The vegetables in this salsa are roasted, which intensifies the flavor of the tomatoes, mellows the onions and garlic, and adds a light touch of smokiness. You'll never go back to raw salsa again. GET THE RECIPE

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These meatballs are so much better than the grape jelly versions you've had before. You'll love that the meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes. Just be sure to make extra -- they disappear in a flash. GET THE RECIPE

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This homemade popcorn tossed with garlic butter, Parmesan and oregano is adapted from Crazy Good Italian by D.C. Chef and Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella. It's insanely addictive-- yes, crazy good. GET THE RECIPE

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This retro snack mix is a Super Bowl tradition in our home. The recipe makes a ton, which is a good thing since one handful is never enough. GET THE RECIPE

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